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The Resurgence of Vodka – Why You Should Rethink Your Drink

Driving Miss Daisy photo courtesy of Elyx Vodka

Driving Miss Daisy photo courtesy of Elyx Vodka

 

The craft cocktail scene has taken the nation, and possibly the world, by storm – is a good way – for the past few years. Bartenders or mixologists have bravely taken us out of our comfort zones and have gotten us to not only like, but prefer, spirits we would never think of drinking, let alone order at the bar. You know the drill, a vodka soda, a vodka tonic, etc and there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, welcome to the “new” world of luxury brand vodkas and rediscover this classic spirit worthy of a sip or two.

Photo courtesy of Elyx Vodka

Photo courtesy of Elyx Vodka

In the recent past, we wrote about Ultimat Vodka, a fine vodka that we, personally, enjoyed on the rocks with a simple twist in the stunning Riedel glasses that accompanied the cobalt blue decanter-style bottle. Welcome Elyx by a brand we know and trust, Absolut. The bottle alone is a work of art and one worthy of being on display. The brand debuted at a pop-up club of  Ian Schrager’s EDITION Hotel in Miami during Art Basel.

Curious about the copper pineapple pictured above? It’s symbolic of the filtration process done by hand in a 1921 copper rectification still, or a Column 51, as it’s called, and made entirely of copper.  The copper purifies the vodka and lends a silky texture and taste. While we enjoy a mixed drink, we enjoy this luxury vodka martini-style, up, cold, and a little dirty. For those who are more adventurous behind the bar, we’ve included a fabulous cocktail recipe below. As Keith Richards says, “I’ll have a screwdriver and throw a hammer in it!”  Take our word for it, this is is one heck of hammer!

Recipe:

Driving Miss Daisy

PARTS ABSOLUT ELYX
PARTS SWEET VERMOUTH
PARTS HIBISCUS FLOWER TEA
PARTS SUGAR SYRUP
PARTS FRESHLY SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE
2 THUMBNAIL SLICES GINGER

COPPER PINEAPPLE VESSEL, GARNISHED WITH EDIBLE FLOWERS

SHAKE AND STRAIN INTO COPPER PINEAPPLE OVER CUBED ICE. CAP WITH CRUSHED ICE AND GARNISH

Nicole Carbon

Nicole Carbon

Nicole Carbon is the Editor-In-Chief of VODA Magazine. She is based in beautiful Sarasota, FL. For over a decade, she has been writing for both print and online media outlets about food, wine, travel, and other lifestyle-related finds. She received her Level 2 Award in Wines certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and writes a monthly wine column in the Venice Gondolier Sun. She contributes to Edible Sarasota, writes a health and wellness blog, and various feature articles and content for other media outlets. Previously, she wrote two magazine columns titled “A Girl Walks Into a Bar,” and “Inside the Kitchen.” Her work has appeared in the Austin American Statesman, Austin MD, Austin Monthly, Austin Woman, Austin Man, Citysearch Austin and Los Angeles, CultureMap.com, JetBlue’s blog, SRQ Magazine, and the list goes on. She has also made TV appearances on local NBC and Fox news affiliates as well as Cooking Channel’s Eat Street.

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